A signings roundup on education bills

Otter sine die
Gov. Butch Otter

Butch Otter’s veto stamp got the lion’s share of the attention last week — but the governor quietly signed several bills that have important implications for public schools.

Heading the list: a pair of public schools budget “fixes” and two controversial charter schools bills.

Here’s the rundown of Otter’s Thursday bill signings:

  • House Bill 65, the 2012-13 funding fix, which gives public schools some $30 million that had been earmarked for the repealed Students Come First laws.
  • House Bill 206, which creates $1.4 million in stipends for charter school facilities — or roughly $34,000 per school.
  • House Bill 221, a charter school governance bill, which will allow universities to authorize new charter schools.
  • House Bill 259, which allows school districts to place an employee on unpaid leave, if a court order prevents the employee from working. The employee’s pay will be placed in an account during an investigation.
  • House Bill 275, extending the school districts’ “use it or lose it” spending flexibility for 2013-14. Districts would be allowed to hire fewer employees than the state funds.
  • Senate Bill 1147, which eliminates “evergreen” school contract clauses.
  • Senate Bill 1149, which could require local unions to certify that they represent at least one half of a district’s work force.
  • Senate Bill 1150, which is designed to streamline the school employee grievance process.
  • Senate Bill 1199, a 2013-14 public school budget fix, which governs the way the state will award $21 million in grants for pay for performance and professional development, and $3 million in technology pilot projects. This is a companion to the actual K-12 budget, Senate Bill 1200, which Otter signed on April 9.
Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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